Social workers help people through individual assistance, advocacy for causes, and agencies serving whole populations. The social work profession has a strong ethical core that emphasizes social justice.
Social work includes careers in government agencies, education, and non-profits helping families, protecting children and other vulnerable people.
Clinical social workers work with individuals, married couples, and whole families to help them function better. School social workers help students deal with issues at home that impede their success in school. Hospitals and the military employ many social workers. Non-profit organizations and government agencies that deal with large-scale issues of social welfare employ social workers, especially when dealing with populations from minority cultures.
Your Major Took You Where?*
|Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services||Protection Training Specialist|
|University of Kentucky Work Life Office||Coordinator of Work and Life Connections|
|Private Practice (in Arkansas)||Psychotherapist|
|March of Dimes||Director of Program Services|
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates
“Centre’s pre-social work program has done an excellent job of integrating anthropology, sociology, and social justice courses in order to provide students in the program with the necessary resources and experiences to excel within this particular field. The professors are engaging and extremely helpful in finding internships, jobs, and research opportunities. The connections and knowledge I’ve gained through this program have led me to pursue a career in social work and have given me the necessary tools and networks to succeed.”
Centre Class of 2019 • Sociology & Anthropology Major
Popular majors for social work students are sociology and psychology, but any liberal arts field can be good preparation.
Centre’s pre-social work advising emphasizes planning for a career in helping others, from front-line assistance to those in immediate need, to running agencies that serve the whole nation, and everything in between.
Pre-social work students should consult with faculty advisor Professor Beau Weston and can reach him by email here.
What Courses Should I Take?
Students interested in pursuing a degree in social work after Centre should expect to take courses in anthropology, sociology, psychology, statistics, and other disciplines.
Suggested Courses for Pre-Social Work Students
- Social Welfare (SOC 210)
- Social Structure (SOC 120)
- Race and Ethnicity (ANT 335)
- Social Psychology (SOC 360)
- Cultural Psychology (PSY 335)
- Life-Span Developmental Psychology (PSY 380)
- Introduction to Social Justice (SLJ 210)
- Introduction to Statistics (MAT 130)